The Ultimate Fighter 26 – Ep. 9 Recap

In a pair of battles that featured teammate versus teammate, the first two semifinalists were determined during the latest episode of The Ultimate Fighter. First up was No. 1 seed Roxanne Modafferi, as she faced off with No. 8 seed Emily Whitmire. Coach Justin Gaethje opted to bow out of training either of the fighters so he could maintain no bias while watching two of his athletes do battle with only one of them moving on to the next round in the tournament. This experience has been a huge opportunity for Modafferi, as she was not only looking for the chance to become the first ever UFC women … Read the Full Article Here
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The Ultimate Fighter 26 – Ep. 9 Preview

Following the conclusion of the elimination round one week ago, the quarterfinals are about to get underway on The Ultimate Fighter, with two fights taking place on this week’s episode. First, No. 1 seed Roxanne Modafferi looks to continue her Ultimate Fighter redemption story as she takes on No. 8 seed Emily Whitmire, who put on a very impressive performance against Christina Marks to punch her ticket to this matchup. Then, No. 4 seed DeAnna Bennett will attempt to move forward in the tournament as she faces off with fellow Team Alvarez fighter and No. 12 seed Sijara Eubanks. Both of the figh … Read the Full Article Here
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Dana White announces boxing venture, currently obtaining promoter’s license

Looks like we’re about to see boxing bouts promoted by Dana White and crew behind the UFC. A couple of weeks ago, Dana White teased the idea of promoting boxing events, saying that he “could see possibly bringing boxing under our umbrella.” A couple of months before that, he wore a “Zuffa Boxing” t-shirt during the build up to Mayweather vs McGregor.
Tuesday night, in an appearance at the Wild Card West boxing gym, the UFC president announced (HT: Lance Pugmire) that it is really going to happen, and the company will extend their promoting arm to include the sweet science.
“I am getting into boxing, 100 percent,” White said, also saying that he is in the process of obtaining a promoter’s license to make it happen.
Prior to the announcement, White had said that the UFC can be a major player in the sport of boxing the same way they’re doing with Mixed Martial Arts.
“I just know how good we are at what we do, and I know we’re better than pretty much everybody else out there,” White said. “I think that the guys who are involved in boxing, the fighters, would enjoy being under this umbrella and fighting for us, and yeah, I do think would could do it better than everybody else does.”
White has yet to say what their boxing entity will be called, whether it’s actually Zuffa boxing or if it will have the UFC branding or something to those lines.
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White: UFC moving card from Orlando to England to book Darren Till vs. Stephen Thompson

The UFC is apparently moving a card to England to book an exciting welterweight fight. Darren Till just came onto the UFC’s radar in a huge way. The UFC had originally set a booking for a UFC on Fox card in Orlando for February, but according to Dana White, that card will no longer take place there. Instead, the promotion will move the event to England to book Till against a very strong opponent – Stephen Thompson.
Lance Pugmire of the LA Times has the info:

Dana White says he’s moving his UFC card from Orlando, moving it to England so popular Darren Till can fight @WonderboyMMA— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) November 8, 2017

The date is Feb. 24 for Till-Wonderboy.— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) November 8, 2017

Till (16-0-1, 4-0-1 UFC) burst into the 170-pound rankings with a first-round TKO victory over longtime contender Donald Cerrone in Poland last month. Thompson (14-2-1, 9-2-1 UFC) is coming off an entertaining decision win over Jorge Masvidal. Previous to that he was given two shots at Tyron Woodley’s welterweight title, but came away with a draw and a majority decision loss.
It is unclear at this point where the England card will take place, but you’d have to expect that the UFC is wanting to book it in Till’s hometown of Liverpool. That’s a doozy of a fight for a Fox show.
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If I Did It: Dana against GSP vs Conor

Welcome to If I Did It the show where we address MMA’s PR kerfluffles. This week we look at Conor McGregor molding losing champions, the GOAT GSP dropping down to welterweight and more. After the show join us for If the Shoes Fit the PR kerfluffle show for the non-MMA world. Alexei Auld is back with a brand new book available 7 Secret Sources of Inspiration: A Snappy Guide for Creative Procrastinators to grill Eugene S. Robinson (who’s pushing OXBOW’s new record THIN BLACK DUKE) and me, Kid Nate (who’s got a new podcast about rock and roll history), with some PR stumpers from the world of combat sports.
Subscribe to co-host Alexei Auld’s new YouTube channel to see “If The Shoe Fits” the new non-MMA version of the show. Listen to the latest episode of If The Shoe Fits here.
For the audio only version check us out on SoundCloud and be sure to subscribe to MMA NATION on iTunes and subscribe to MMA Nation on YouTube so you’ll never miss an episode. Don’t miss the twin episode of If the Shoes Fit where the gang talks about non-MMA kerfluffles. This week’s kerfuffles include:
You’re the UFC. With your Conor McGregor molded champions losing this weekend, live and in public, if you will, do you need to change your promotional strategy from big mouths to silent but violent?
You’re the GOAT GSP. After winning the Middleweight Championship, your coach Freddie Roach wants you to drop down to Welterweight, but UFC Boss Dana White wants Whitaker as your next opponent. Now that you’re the Bull of the Woods, what do you do?
You’re the fighter formally known as Joanna Champion. Your crushing defeat to Thug Rose summoned the ghost of Ronda Rousey future to yours. How do you exorcise it?
You’re UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson. With GSP snatching the GOAT crown from you, does your legacy demand a fight with UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw….at his weight class?
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“We’ll be back next week with another installment of If I Did It and we don’t know what we’ll be talking about yet because the PR mistakes have yet to be made.”

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Angela Lee out of ONE Championship title defense after car accident

ONE Championship atomweight star Angela Lee star has been removed from an upcoming title defense after being involved in a car accident.

Lee was scheduled to rematch Mei Yamaguchi in the main event of a ONE show on Nov. 24 in Kallang, Singapore, but CEO Chatri Sityodtong broke the news of the accident and Lee’s subsequent withdrawal on Facebook:

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ONE Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee got into a terrible car accident yesterday with her car flipping over 5-6x…

Posted by Chatri Sityodtong on Tuesday, November 7, 2017

According to Sityodtong’s post, Lee’s car flipped over five or six times after she fell asleep while driving. Fortunately, it appears that she walked away with only “a concussion, some minor burns, and a banged up body.”

Rob DeMello of KHON News in Oahu, Hawaii tweeted out an image of Lee’s vehicle:

The 21-year-old Lee was looking for her third consecutive title defense after defeating Yamaguchi via five-round unanimous decision for the vacant belt back in May 2015. Lee is 8-0 as professional.

It is not known if ONE officials are seeking a replacement opponent for Yamaguchi. The Nov. 24 currently has one other title fight booked that would presumably become the new main event, with welterweight champion Ben Askren (17-0) competing in his retirement bout vs. Shinya Aoki (39-7).

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Aljamain Sterling needs new UFC Fresno foe after Rani Yahya drops out

Aljamain Steling is looking for a fight.

The New York bantamweight was scheduled to meet veteran Rani Yahya in a bantamweight bout at UFC Fresno on Dec. 9, but Yahya has been forced to withdraw from the bout due to an undisclosed injury.

MMA Fighting confirmed an initial Tuesday report by MMAjunkie. The promotion is actively seeking a new opponent for Sterling.

Sterling (14-2) is 2-2 since re-signing with the UFC after a high-profile free agency period. His most recent fight was a unanimous decision victory over Renan Barao at UFC 214. All four fights in his most recent span have gone to decisions.

The Dec. 9 card, the UFC’s first at Fresno’s SaveMart Center, will be headlined by a featherweight bout between Cub Swanson and Brian Ortega.

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Jessica Andrade wants Rose Namajunas, ‘won’t underestimate her’ like Joanna did

Jessica Andrade wants a title a fight with the newly-crowned strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas. Jessica Andrade wants a piece of the new strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas. Following Rose’s TKO win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 217, Andrade believes she’s the top contender at the moment and will not underestimate Rose, like the former champion did.
“Now the division will see some variety,” Andrade told Combate. “Namajunas looked really good, knocked her out. She’s a really tough opponent. Since I’m number one in the rankings, I can ask for this fight, and I will. I will train a lot, I’ll dedicate myself and I’ll be completely different from Joanna. I won’t underestimate her. Rose has a warrior’s spirit and won the belt. I didn’t think it was going to happen, but every fight’s different.”
In Andrade’s opinion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk could have still been the champion if she had taken her opponent more seriously.
“Joanna lost just like any other athlete can lose on any given day. Maybe she wasn’t having a good day, maybe she didn’t train enough, but I believe the truth is that she really underestimated her opponent. She tried to get inside Rose’s head with mind games, but it didn’t work, right? I won’t underestimate her because I see great potential in Rose. I can’t wait for this fight. Let’s create some buzz on social media and make it happen.”
More recently, Andrade defeated Claudia Gadelha via unanimous decision to bounce back from her unanimous decision loss to Jedrzejczyk, when they fought for the title back in May.

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Randy Couture, UFC’s Marc Ratner to discuss Ali Act at U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing

A discussion about the Ali Act’s extension into MMA will have an important audience this week.

MMA legend Randy Couture and UFC executive Marc Ratner will be among the speakers in a hearing about the Muhammad Ali Act Expansion Act in front of a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday in Washington, D.C. The Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection is an offshoot of the House’s Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Also on the agenda as witnesses are Dr. Kristen Dams-O’Connor, the director of the Brain Injury Research Center at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine in New York, and Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission executive director Greg Sirb.

Couture is a UFC Hall of Famer and he has been a vocal advocate for fighters’ rights since retirement. He has also had a public falling out with the UFC and president Dana White. Ratner is the UFC’s senior vice president of government and regulatory affairs and has been instrumental in getting the sport of MMA legalized in multiple states, including New York.

Last year, a bill for the Ali Act’s extension into MMA was introduced into Congress by Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), a former MMA fighter himself. The Ali Act was enacted in boxing in 2000. The expansion has bipartisan support and multiple sponsors from both side of the political aisle.

If voted into law, the Ali Act would have a major impact on the business of mixed martial arts, bringing greater financial protections for fighters. In theory, fighters would get a greater percentage of revenue and championship belts and rankings would be regulated by sanctioning bodies — not promoters like the UFC — if the act passes.

The Ali Act Expansion has yet to be brought to vote by the House and if it passes through there, it would need to be approved by the U.S. Senate and then signed into law by President Donald Trump.

The UFC has vigorously lobbied against the Muhammad Ali Expansion Act, reportedly spending nearly a half a million dollars on lobbyists. UFC COO Lawrence Epstein has been quoted as saying that the federal government would not have a “productive role” in regulating MMA promotions and fights.

A major knock against the Ali Act in boxing is that it has rarely been enforced, despite being a federal law for nearly two decades.

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